Calendars Point to “Dash for Cash”

There are additional reports from Illinois regarding Gov. Blagojevich.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s official calendar shows he met with a top union official in his Chicago office the day before Barack Obama was elected president — just as federal prosecutors say the governor was scheming to trade Obama’s Senate seat, possibly for a cushy union job.

The meeting with Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, also was attended by Tom Balanoff, president of the Illinois chapter of the union, which has been Blagojevich’s largest campaign contributor.

The governor’s schedules, released Tuesday to The Associated Press, shed new light on the governor’s activities during the period outlined in a criminal complaint that accuses the Democrat of a wide-ranging scheme to profit from official action, such as selling Obama’s U.S. Senate seat and pressuring the Chicago Tribune to fire unfriendly editorial writers.

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